Linde has today (15th July) started up a 30 tonnes per day liquid hydrogen plant in La Porte, Texas, marking the company’s fifth liquid hydrogen plant in the US.
Brought onstream to meet growing market demands, the liquefier will take hydrogen from Linde’s approximately 600km US Gulf Coast pipeline.
The hydrogen will then be purified and liquefied before it is supplied to end markets such as material handling, mobility, aerospace, manufacturing, metals, energy and electronics.
Commenting on the development Jeff Barnhard, Vice-President South Region, Linde, said, “The new hydrogen plant started up on time and on budget, which is a testament to the dedication of the team executing this project over the last two years.”
“This plant will not only boost the reliability of our existing network but will also make the supply chain more efficient and increase our ability to serve the rising demand from existing and new customers, for both conventional and clean hydrogen.”
With the new facility on stream, Linde now has a supply network of plants in California, Alabama, Indiana and New York.
Insight from gasworld Business Intelligence
Sharing market insights, Karina Kocha, gasworld’s Business Intelligence Manager, comments, ”This is the tenth liquid hydrogen plant currently operational in the US, and another two are under construction: Air Products is about to bring 30 tonnes per day plant in La Porte and Air Liquide is going to bring onstream 30 tonnes per day in Nevada in 2022.”
”Another five liquid hydrogen facilities and one extension are planned to be operational in between 2022 – 2023, bringing up another 90 tonnes per day of the liquid hydrogen to the merchant market. The total production capacity in the US will be about 380 tonnes per day by 2023 in comparison to 225 tonnes per day in 2020.”
“According to our recent hydrogen research in North America, despite all this new capacity coming onstream, the hydrogen balance could become negative by as soon as 2024-2027. This is because demand coming from new hydrogen applications is forecasted to outpace the existing capacity growth.”